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Skype poised to launch iPhone app next week?

updated 02:35 pm EDT, Thu March 26, 2009

Skype on iPhone

Skype may be ready to launch an iPhone version of its VoIP and IM client, a source told gigaOM. The "very reliable" tipster claimed that the iPhone launch could come as soon as next week, possibly at the CTIA Wireless trade show which kicks off on April 1st. Skype can already be used on the iPhone, but through third-party apps such as Truphone that combines a number of messaging and VoIP services.

Skype recently joined the opposition against Apple's stance on the Digitam Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), arguing for the benefits of open phone use. The company envisioned a world where wireless networks would support any compatible device and could work without any arbitrary limitations on software.

Many cellular carriers have resisted VoIP software to keep voice communications over the standard networks, which can be more profitable than if a customer uses the data connection to make calls. Current VoIP apps for the iPhone are restricted to Wi-Fi and cannot use the 3G network.




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  1. Inkling

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Marvelous!

    This is marvelous. It lets users:

    1. Get a used iPhone or iPod touch.

    2. Get a Skype number for VoIP calls.

    3 Get Google Voice (when available).

    4. Have Google Voice ring both the Skype number on a WiFi-tethered iPhone and a cell phone number.

    Result: Use less minutes, pay less to the cell company.


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